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American Justice Centre to greet Narendra Modi with court summons in USA

September 26, 2014 | By

New York, USA: The government of United States of America (USA) may have turned it’s propositions regarding Narendra Modi‘s role in 2002 Muslim massacre of Gujrat, but the black chapters of newly elected Indian Prime Ministers of life still haunts him.

Narindra Modi [File Photo]

Narindra Modi [File Photo]

A day before former Gujrat CM let his country for USA, a human rights group named American Justice Centre secured summons against him for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat genocide. During 2002 Narendra Mod was Chief Minister of Gujrat when around two thousand Muslims were massacred in the state.

It is learnt that American Justice Centre (AJC), a New York based human rights group has obtained the summons from the US Federal Court for the Southern District of New York in a suit filed with two survivors of what it called the horrific and organized violence of Gujarat 2002.

The lawsuit is filed under the Alien Tort Claims Act (ATCA) and the Torture Victim Protection Act (TVPA). The plaintiffs in their 28-page complaint have charged Narendra Modi for committing “crimes against humanity”, “extra-judicial killings”, “torture” and “inflicting mental and physical trauma” on the victims.

Narendra Modi is not the first Indian Prime Minster against whom human rights groups have secured court summons in USA. In September 2013 similar summons were issued against the then Indian prime minister Dr. Manmohan Singh for his alleged role in funding human rights abuses committed under the grab of counter-insurgency operation during his term as finance minister of India.

In August 2014 a US court held that Manmohan Singh enjoyed immunity in his capacity as Prime Minister of India (the head of the state), but not as the finance minister, a post he had previously held in Indian government.

As regards lawsuit against Narendra Modi, the American Justice Centre (AJC) says that it is providing legal support and advice to the survivors in their effort to hold “Narendra Modi accountable for his complicity in the violence.”

The survivors are suing Indian Prime Minister for the loss of lives and trauma in their families, and caused emotional, financial and psychological devastation in their lives.

“The Tort Case against Prime Minister Modi is an unequivocal message to human rights abusers everywhere,” said John Bradley, an AJC director.

“Time and place and the trappings of power will not be an impediment to justice.”

The Alien Tort Claims Act, also known as Alien Tort Statute (ATS), is a US federal law first adopted in 1789 that gives the federal courts jurisdiction to hear lawsuits filed by US residents for acts committed in violation of international law outside the US, AJC said.

Yet another group, Alliance for Justice and Accountability (AJA) plans to show Narendra Modi black flags when he heads for the Indian-American community’s public reception at the Madison Square Garden in mid-town Manhattan September 28.

In a statement sent to the Sikh Siyasat News (SSN), human rights and advocacy group Sikhs for Justice declared it’s plans to hold a “Citizens’ Court” in a park in front of the White House to try Narendra Modi for his alleged role in the 2002 Gujarat pogrom, when he is holding a summit meeting with President Barack Obama.

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